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Tips to avoid being stung by wasps:

  • Wear closed shoes to protect yourself from stepping on a wasp or hornet.

  • If a wasp or hornet comes near you try to remain still until it leaves. Do not swat at wasps or wave your arms to fend them off. You will only antagonize them and be more likely to be stung.

  • Avoid leaving sugary drinks unattended and always look before you drink out of a can outdoors.

  • Look for wasps in work areas before using weed eaters, hedge clippers, lawn mowers, chain saws, etc. Wasps frequently attack when a person mowing the lawn or pruning shrubs inadvertently strikes a nest.

  • If attacked, run away in a straight line as quickly as you can. Do not flail or swing your arms at wasps, as this may further annoy them.

  • Do not stay still if you are being stung – wasps will not stop stinging if you "play dead."

  • Do not jump into a pool or other body of water to avoid being stung. Bees and wasps will wait for you to surface and will sting you when you do.

  • Because bees and wasps target the head, mouth, and eyes, lower your head and cover your face as much as you can without slowing your escape.

  • Don't pen, tie or tether animals near hives or nests.

  • Refrain from using a ladder to reach a hive that is high off the ground. Falling off a ladder while receiving multiple stings is more costly than a professional exterminator.

    Adam’s licensed pest management professionals have the training and equipment to safely kill nuisance wasp, hornet, and yellow jacket nests in or around structures that pose a threat to people. We apply a proven insecticide directly into the nests and also into holes, cracks, and gaps where an active nest may be hiding. Adam’s treats up to three colonies for the same low price.

Wasp facts:

  • Wasps, which include yellow jackets and hornets, are beneficial and generally do not sting unless handled, disturbed, threatened, or harmed; wasps eat other insects.

  • In late summer, wasps’ preferred food shifts from sugars to proteins, so you will more likely find them around food and garbage.

  • Bees generally can only sting once. Most yellow jackets and hornets are aggressive and sting repeatedly if disturbed.

  • Male wasps don’t have a stinger; female wasps have ovipositor, the stinger which is also the female sex organ. Because of their feature, female wasps are assigned to protect the nest.

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  • Remove fallen fruits, spilled food and drinks, soft drink cans, and garbage.

  • Avoid scents and brightly colored clothing.

  • Keep your house, dumpster, garage, and attic clean.


  • Honey bees are beneficial. Call a local bee keeper to remove a honey bee colony alive.

  • Over-the-counter wasp killer products kill on contact. Therefore, they only kill wasps you actually spray.

  • Traps are more likely to be useful in small areas, but will not eliminate all wasps.

  • Killing an entire nest of Yellow Jackets, Bald-faced Hornets, or Mud Daubers is very difficult and may be better left to a professional.

  • It is possible exterminate a paper wasp nest with over-the-counter pesticides. Their nests consist of a single exposed comb suspended by a narrow stalk resembling an inverted umbrella.

  • If you do attempt to kill a paper wasp nest:

  • Follow the instructions carefully.

  • Wear protective equipment.

  • Aerosol pesticides formulated for wasps provide a very quick knock down of the nest. Most products allow you to spray as far away as 15-20 feet. Many of these quick kill wasp aerosols have oily bases, so care should be taken so as not to stain surfaces.

  • Never attempt to remove an active wasp nest during the day, when paper wasps are actively flying in and out of the nest.

  • Spraying into wasp nests should ALWAYS be done at night, when wasps are far less aggressive and are in the nest.

  • Do not stand beneath the nest when spraying chemicals.

  • Check the nest the following day for any signs of wasp activity before you remove the nest. Any wasps that were absent from the nest at the time you sprayed may have returned to the nest.